Book Recap – In Song! is a monthly feature where I create and share a playlist inspired by the books I read during the previous month.
1) The Song: “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence
The Books: Sleeping Beauty Retellings
There’s no better song to represent a trio of novels about Sleeping Beauty than one about being woken up and brought back to life: “Wake me up inside / Wake me up inside / Call my name and save me from the dark / Bid my blood to run / Before I come undone / Save me from the nothing I’ve become.”
2) The Song: “Haunted” by Evanescence
The Book: Nameless by Lili St. Crow
Cami has always felt like a part of her is missing, and she can’t shake the feeling that there’s someone out there watching her, hungering for her. The scenes in Nameless where Cami feels the pull of this mysterious someone’s power have a creepy, dreamlike quality, just like “Haunted.”
3) The Song: “Mama Do” by Pixie Lott
The Book: Ember by Bettie Sharpe
This song explores what it’s like to engage in the kind of relationship that your mother would NOT approve of, and it depicts the conflicting swirl of emotions that come with being attracted to someone in a way you can’t deny or control. Guilt, pleasure, helplessness, thrill – they’re all there, in the song and in Ember.
4) The Song: “The Light” by Sara Bareilles
The Book: Towering by Alex Flinn
When a handsome young man – the first one she’s ever met – appears at the foot of Rachel’s tower, Rachel falls head over heels for him. He quickly becomes Rachel’s entire world, someone she trusts blindly and would do anything for – even if it means leaving her tower: “And if you say we’ll be all right / I’m gonna trust you, babe / I’m gonna look you in the eyes / And if you say we’ll be all right / I’ll follow you into the light.”
5) The Song: “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran
The Book: Courvalian: The Resistance by Benjamin Reed
“I See Fire” conjures images of a band of warriors bravely deciding to fight to the end, even if it means giving up their lives. This, plus the mentions of brotherhood in the song, made it a solid fit for Courvalian: The Resistance, which tells of three brothers going to battle against a tyrannical king.
What do you think? Are there any other songs you feel would be a great match for the books I listed above? If so, please share in the comments section – I’d love to hear from you!